You can throw all the stats out the window. Seattle was 2-8 after the bye and they went into Soldier Field and beat the Chicago Bears. Chicago’s offensive line problems need to be fixed or they’ll be in for a long second half of football. For those who didn’t take Chicago and are still alive, check out the analysis for Week 7 …
Week 1 – New York Giants – WIN
Week 2 – Green Bay Packers – WIN
Week 3 – New England Patriots – WIN
Week 4 – New Orleans Saints – WIN
Week 5 – Indianapolis Colts – WIN
Week 6 – Chicago Bears – LOSS
The card for Week 7 is full of a lot of close matchups. Quick breakdown of the games this week …
Steelers @ Dolphins – Battle in the AFC. Avoid.
Bengals @ Falcons – Bengals off the bye in need of a big win. Avoid.
Jaguars @ Chiefs – Kansas City is a possible selection here with the Jaguars looking awful on a short week.
Eagles @ Titans – Injury question marks in this one.
Redskins @ Bears – This will be a close, low-scoring game.
Browns @ Saints – Top pick of the week. Have to like the Saints at home.
Bills @ Ravens – Second-best pick of the week, but close to the best.
49ers @ Panthers – Don’t be so fast to pick the 49ers in this one. Let’s see how they respond to a win.
Rams @ Buccaneers – Improved teams square off. Skip.
Cardinals @ Seahawks – Divisional game in the West. Avoid.
Patriots @ Chargers – A lot of injury question marks here too. If Antonio Gates plays, I like the Chargers a lot.
Raiders @ Broncos – Avoid this AFC West rivalry.
Vikings @ Packers – I like the Vikings to go into Lambeau and pull the upset.
Giants @ Cowboys – One more last chance for the Cowboys?
Since I have been eliminated, I will offer multiple selections this week. The
SAINTS are my top choice as they look to have that offense back in gear. The Browns won’t be able to keep up pace, especially with the rookie quarterback, in the dome. The
RAVENS are my second choice as I expect the Ravens to have their first blowout win of the season. All of the Ravens’ games except one (14-point win over Denver) have been decided by seven points or less. The
CHIEFS should be able to get back on the winning track against an awful-looking Jaguar team, who has issues at quarterback now. They’re also on a short week.
MY PICK TO AVOID: San Francisco. I just don’t trust them yet. Give them another week. Picking a 1-5 team is always risky, especially on the road.